Love a Great Chair!

I love chairs. Chairs are like people, they each have a unique personality. Some are serious, some quirky, some are feminine while others are masculine. Some are quiet, others are loud and quite noticeable… you get the picture.

A great chair can be the inspiration for a room, or just what is needed to complete and make a space special and interesting.

Great Pair of Turquoise Klismos Inspired Chairs, Interior Design project from Elle Decor.

Don’t you just love these turquoise Klismos inspired chairs! What a statement they make. Love them paired with the empire settee against that wall of framed black and white maps. Nods to several periods of furniture and architecture in this room. Great timeless appeal from Elle Decor.

Interior Design of room from Elle Decor

Another great room from Elle Decor. Terrific black leather side chairs are a major player in this black and white themed room.

Chairs from interior design magazineLove these chairs from More than Classic!

Every time I see a great chair, I envision designing a room around it. So, I did a little shopping to share some great chairs with you. I hope they inspire you to look at how chairs can make your spaces great! . Enjoy the eye candy!!!

Masculine Leather Chair

This is a new chair reflecting the style of seventeenth-century Renaissance chairs. I love it for its masculine feel and historical reference. Very timeless in appeal! It would look great in a living space with neutral linen covered upholstered pieces, a great old Oushak area rug…Can you see it?

England c. 1900 Painted Satinwood Side Chair Adams Style Interior Design example

Love, love, love an Adam’s style chair! This one is from England c. 1900. It is Satinwood with painted trailing flowers on the shield back and along the tapering legs. During the neoclassical period, original Adam’s chairs (late 1700’s) were specially designed for each client. Adam’s aim was, in his own words, “to transfuse the beautiful spirit of antiquity with novelty and variety.” Of that he truly succeeded and was copied by many. What a timeless jewel this chairs is!

Edward Wormley Klismos Chair to use in an Interior Design projectThis is a rare Mahogany Klismos chair by Edward Wormley for Dunbar (USA 1940’s). Love the hair on cowhide seat! The Klismos chair was developed by the ancient Greeks. It is a refined and elegant chair that over the centuries has seen many revivals (as in this example). Truly a timeless style!

Pair of Louis XVI Painted Arm Chairs for use in an interior design project.This is a wonderful pair of French period Louis XVI painted Fauteuils with rush seats. Nice large size and the robins egg blue paint is very French. I can see many rooms these chairs could live in!

A Louis XVI Painted and Gilded Neoclassic Italian Side Chair for use in an interior design project.

So feminine, this Louis XVI painted and gilded Neoclassic Italian (18th century) side chair with oval shaped back and floral carving on the seat rail would be a great addition to a dressing table in a bedroom or bathroom. Equally great as a women’s desk chair.

Pair of Chinese Chippendale Style Side Chairs for use in an interior design project.A pair of English (1860), mahogany Chinese Chippendale style side chairs with leather
upholstered seats. Notice the fine relief carving on back rail & splat sets. The Gothic Revival carving on the legs adds a nice touch of geometry to the overall appearance. Chippendale, always a classic!

Mid Century Modern Chrome and Leather Chair for use in Nashville interior design project.

Now we jump from the 1860’s England to the 1950’s USA. This s a great Mid Century Modern chrome and leather chair. Use a pair of them in a living space, or the four that are available for an interesting dining group.

A Pair of Austrian Ebonized Barrell Back Armchairs for use in a Nashville interior design project.Look at this interesting pair of Austrian ebonized barrel back armchairs from Austria (circa 1910). Love the barrel back form with alternating pierced back splats and plain back splats, and the woven cord seats that are raised on square tapering legs.

Early Wing Back Chair for use in a Nashville interior design project.Here is a most unusual and unique Early (19th century American) Wing Back Chair. It has nice details on legs and form. This is a great chair for many spaces—living room, , dining room, kitchen, library, or bedroom.

Antler Chair for interior design project in NashvilleNow here is a quirky chair! A definite conversation piece, this Unique antler chair (England late 20th century) is designed with Fallow Deer antlers from Scotland. It is a work of art with naturally curved antler pieces forming the chair back, deep cordovan brown leather seat and carved wood front legs designed as animal hooves. Great piece for a library or foyer of a mountain home.

Pair of Mid Century Iron Chairs for use in a nashville interior design project.
This is a wonderful pair of wrought iron Mid Century chairs (America mid 20th century). I just love the geometry of these chairs, so fun and full of personality! Many great uses for these!

Eastlake Ebonized & Gilt Incised Slipper Chair for use in Nashville interior design project.Here is a sweet Eastlake ebonized and gilt incised slipper chair (USA,19th century). Another good option for a dressing table in a bedroom or bathroom, at a women’s desk, or in a guest room.

Ebonized Mahogany Fretwork Chair used in a Nashville interior design project.
This is one of a pair of exceptional ebonized Mahogany fretwork club chairs (USA 1950’s). Great lines on this chair—love the fretwork. Wonderful occasional chair for most anywhere!

English cane seat chair for use in Nashville interior design project.

English cane seat chair (England c.1880). What a pretty lacquer chair with Mother of Pearl inlay. I love the swoop of the back and the curve of the legs. A sweet piece of jewelry for the right room!

Mahogany Art Deco Armchair by Jules Leleu for Nashville interior design project.Love, love, love French Art Deco!!! And this Mahogany armchair (France c.1938) Jules Leleu (1883-1961) is a good example of why. I love the lines and angles of this chair. So sassy and sophisticated!

Here is a very charming French side or occasional chair (France, c.1940) with gilded X back and bronze medallion, up on gilded ball feet. In the style of Ramsay, Prou, Arbus, one of the designers of the French 40’s. What a darling, yet edgy design. Never out of style…timeless!

Travel is a great passion and design inspiration for me. Here are some chairs I photographed on a trip I took to Ireland about four years ago…enjoy my travel pics!

Chair from Ireland, interior design research.I love this simple chair from a humble church in the country side.

Ireland Chair 2, interior design researchI saw this one is an old mansion. It reminded me of some old chairs I have (and love).

Ireland Chair from interior design research.

Ireland chair from interior design research.

Chair from Ireland interior design research.

Ireland chair from interior design research.

Interior design research of Irish chairs

Another great passion of mine is books about furniture and architecture. One of my favorites is Chairs: A History by Florence de Dampierre, a birthday gift from my husband (he knows me so well!). I am an art, architecture, and furniture history nut, so this book was a great addition to my library (which you can visit in my bookstore at left and purchase for yourself!). It is a wonderful read that intertwines the history of culture and society, with the history of seating from the ancient world to the present. The best part about this marvelous book is the abundance of gorgeous photographs to be enjoyed from cover to cover!

Chairs: A History, by Florence de Dampierre

Hope you enjoyed my chairs!